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Today's Opinions

  • Earmark reform not just federal issue

    Your state will spend around $25 billion this year. That is a vast amount of money, but you know virtually nothing about what’s being spent, or why. That’s not because you’re uninformed or lazy. The state budget is designed to be as opaque, secretive and abstruse as possible.

  • Amid bad news, much good news to be found

    It was a tough week. First, there was the death of a young race car driver – a bizarre incident involving one of racing’s biggest stars. Days later, America mourned the loss of an actor and comedian beloved by many.

    Then, unrest in a small Missouri town where the fatal shooting of a teenager by a police officer prompted anger, protests, riots and looting.

  • Conference’s success due to our community support

    On behalf of the more than 40 nonprofit, law enforcement, and school district members of the Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the many partners who helped make the Seventh Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities Conference such a success.

    Lancaster should be proud to host the only national conference that focuses on the unique challenges of working with youth from rural communities.

  • Edgewater is Lancaster County’s hidden treasure

    I’ve decided to write something positive for a change. Most all my other letters to The Lancaster News are political in nature. But this one is different. Over the last year or so there have been dozens of letters opposing future development in the county – mostly the Indian Land section and Van Wyck.

    I can understand that some of the neighbors are upset because the landscape will be changing.

  • America needs to focus on fight against ISIS

    America and the free world is faced with a threat that has become more aggressive, less humane and more cruel than any international enemy since Adolph Hitler.

    ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) leaders are capable of using modern technology to reach every continent in the world with nuclear weapons. Their use of cruel force and their knowledge of nuclear weaponry threaten every Christian, Buddhist, Jewish and Muslim community in the world. This is ISIS.

  • HOPE grateful for support

    The recent article in The Lancaster News regarding food pantry needs at Helping Other People Effectively (HOPE) in Lancaster was much appreciated. The local community has always been very supportive of HOPE as has The Lancaster News. The article generated an immediate response in donations and the delivery of bags of food stuffs.

    The generosity of our community is amazing, ongoing and always appreciated. As of Aug. 15, 29 individuals and 23 churches and civic groups responded to the appeal by delivering 3,389 pounds of food.

  • Another rung on the ladder of life

    As folks look over their shoulder, they are reminded of events which hold particular interest, especially if they concern children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    As I stand on a so-called ladder of life, at my age I am pretty near the top rung. I observe my great-grandson, Steven, has advanced to the first grade.

    Nowadays with all this pre-school and kindergarten stuff, seems he oughta be in the third grade by now. My ladder shakes, oh my goodness, my great-granddaughter Madison just began her first full day of kindergarten.

  • Lancaster needs a vision for its future

    It is always easy to see where we have been; it is so much harder to see where we are going or where we need to go.

    Ask anyone who has lived in Lancaster County for the last 40 years and they can tell you a story of how Lancaster County has changed.

    Some people you talk with, their story ends when Springs Industries closed up. They can only talk about the past; they seem to not appreciate today and they cannot imagine the future.